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Today we had the privilege of driving a beauty of a machine In the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS. Here are our thoughts:

The Porsche 911 GT3 is commonly regarded as one of the best cars in Porsches entire Lineup. The only problem being in the quest to make the GT3 better, engineers had to sacrifice some of the car’s day-to-day-livability. This means a harsh ride, a loud cabin, and a peaky engine that needs to be revved out to extract the most performance. While those features deliver an unmatched experience they also make the GT3 tough to drive every day. That's when the 911 Carrera 4 GTS comes in. 

It only took one corner to realise how wonderful the driving experience is. Before I go further, let me take a step back to explain what the Carrera 4 GTS is. Not quite a GT3, but not quite a Carrera 4S, either. Put simply, it’s the most capable version of the classic 911. It’s the quickest and most powerful. 

Snugged behind the rear axle is a strung-out version of the 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six found in the Carrera S, tuned to 473 hp and 420 lb-ft torque thanks to an increase in boost pressure. Behind the Turbo-sourced center-lock wheels you’ll find the braking system and a 10-millimeter suspension drop. All of the exterior trim, including window surrounds, grille inserts, exhaust tips, and badges have been blacked out. Inside there’s reduced sound-deadening, aggressively bolstered seats, and a smattering of Race-Tex, Porsche’s environmentally friendly version of Alcantara. Think of it as a halfway point between your run-of-the-mill Carrera S and

the supercar-like Turbo and GT3 trims. 

Though a manual is always preferred in a 911, it’s impossible to fault the latest iteration of Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch automatic. Now serving up eight forward gears for the 992—up from seven in the previous-generation car—it’s tough to believe just how quickly it can switch cogs and respond to paddle-pulls. Even more impressive is its uncanny ability to be in the correct gear depending on the car’s situation.

It’s easy to see why the GTS is such a fan-favorite among the 911-faithful. It has GT3 speed without many of the GT3’s compromises. It has AWD, so you can drive it in the winter. And because the engine isn’t a motorsport-derived high-RPM fiend, it’s not horrifically inefficient.

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